COSAFA: Namibia wins Plate Final

25 Jun 2016 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 25 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia won the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Castle Cup Plate final after beating Zambia 1-0 here on Friday.
It is Namibia’s first Plate trophy in the Cosafa Castle Cup.
Namibia’s Brave Warriors won the Cosafa trophy for the first time in South Africa after beating Mozambique 2-0 in the final of the 2015 edition of the competition.
In the final of the loser’s section, Namibia dominated play in the opening 25 minutes of the game and opened the scoring in the 19th minute through a penalty that was awarded when the Zambian defender handled the ball in the box.
Brave Warriors captain Ronald Katjijere stepped up and converted from the spot kick give the home side the lead.
Zambia tried hard to win back possession with the game approaching half-time but the Namibian defence kept them at bay.
The half-time score was 1-0.
In the second half, Zambia came out the stronger side but as the game progressed, Namibia started controlling ball possession and the home side kept their opponents at bay as the game ended 1-0.
Speaking to the media after the game, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said his players did well in the competition and he is happy they won the Plate trophy even though it was in the losers’ section.
“First of all I should thank the fans who came out in numbers to support the team even though we did not make it to the final of the main competition. Seeing them pack the stadium and rallying behind the players was really good.”
“I really feel proud as a coach that the players’ confidence and belief in themselves got us the cup. This is a good thing for the players and the Namibian nation which has been behind these boys for a long time,” he said.
The Cosafa Castle Cup final will see Botswana take on South Africa while the third-place play-off will be between Democratic Republic of Congo and Swaziland from 15h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.